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Too Small to Fail, a joint initiative of the Clinton Foundation and Next Generation, aims to help parents and businesses take meaningful actions to improve the health and well-being of children ages zero to five, so that more of America’s children are prepared to succeed in the 21st century. They and Sesame Street recently embarked on a text-to-parents program in partnership with the free mobile health information service, Text4baby, to distribute tips to new parents about talking, reading and singing with their newborn children.  Developed by Sesame Workshop, these research-based tips provide parents with specific ways to promote infants’ early language development and to support Sesame’s mission to help all kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder.  (more…)

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This clip 0f Brene Brown from the past PBS program The Gifts of Imperfection: Living with Courage, Compassion and Connection relates to an article in this week’s New York Times by Jessica Lahey.  Her article “Helping a Perfectionist Child” speaks to all of us who know a child or adult who finds it difficult to set boundaries and accept anything less than perfection.  Among the article’s suggestions psychology professor Mark Anthony advises to help the perfectionist “View Failure More Broadly.”  To that I would add the need to help children and young adults appreciate their failures as essential to growth and that transforming mistakes into something from which they can use and learn is a high art.  (more…)

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ODD SQUAD, a brand-new PBS KIDS program from the Fred Rogers Company aimed at kids ages 5-8 begins today at 7am & 4:30pm. Two young agents, Olive and Otto, are part of Odd Squad, an agency whose mission is to save the day whenever something unusual happens in their town.   As they problem-solve and set things right, a math concept   (more…)

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Thomas, blue tank Engine No. 1  on Thomas & Friends, traveled to Springfield on October 9 when WGBY’S Community Engagement and Education Department hosted Buen Provecho at Gerena Community School. With eyes rolling and steam puffing, Thomas charmed fans and was a special delight to one little boy with autism.  As the child waved and talked to Thomas, even waiting patiently while the busy engine took a rest, his mother shared that her son loved Thomas, who had replaced an earlier fascination with Spider Man, a character who proved too aggressive. She said that her son’s therapist even brought Thomas & Friends materials to use as motivation when they worked together.

Beloved characters like Thomas help children stay enthusiastic about learning, and Thomas & Friends educational materials support 2-5 year olds to develop social-emotional skills and build an early foundation for preschool success. (more…)

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There is so much information available to students searching the Internet these days. Some of it is good, some downright dangerous. How to separate the good from the bad without diminishing the value of the Internet as an information tool? The eSchool News article, 3 ways internet filtering inhibits learning, written by , offers four  practical suggestions.  You’ll find resources (more…)

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86524740A recent article in the New York Times, Helping Kids Take Criticism Constructively (Even When It Isn’t Constructive), gives insightful information about  learning, teaching and practicing how to face the full range of criticism in ways that make children (and all of us) grow rather than inflate or despair.  Citing writers from the Harvard Negotiation Project, Standford University psychologist Carol Dweck and others, Jessica Lahey points out the importance of seeing ourselves as changing rather than static beings, and she details ways we can help young people be resilient and see the way forward (more…)

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Arthur’s 18th season began airing on WGBY last week.  This long-running PBS KIDS’ show is a strong learning tool for home and classroom settings.  Arthur and his friends will continue to have new adventures that explore childhood challenges with heart and humor while teaching problem-solving and pro-social skills.  The fun continues on the ARTHUR website, where kids, parents, caregivers and teachers can access a variety of educational resources,  (more…)

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